This is a bridge novella between Timebound and Time’s Edge. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I don’t think it added too much to the series.
The novella follows Kiernan, one of Kate’s potential love interests from the first book, and follows him from the time when his version of Kate disappeared to when he finds the younger Kate and narrator of the first novel. It’s nice to get a glimpse of “other Kate” but it’s really just that… a glimpse. I didn’t get to see as much of this relationships as I was hoping, and honestly, I don’t really feel the love between the two characters. It’s too idyllic to be totally believable, and while sweet, it’s shallow. I’ll have to wait to see how things progress in future books but that relationship is not a strong point in my eyes.
What IS the strongpoint is the insight we get into Kate’s time-hopping aunt Prudence, and how much of a strain this has taken on her. The novella sets the stage for future action from Pru, but what she will do and how devastating it will be is still a mystery. Seeing her operate certainly adds more to her character, however, and it’s nice to see this background antagonist get more depth. I’m very interested to see where (and when) she goes in the next book.
Overall, I don’t think this was a necessary read, but it’s quick and easy, and does give more depth to Prudence.